There are so many options for dog food these days. From Raw diets to dry kibble to dehydrated diets mixed with fresh greens…the list goes on and on.
So how do you decide what’s best for you and your dog?
Feel Free to check out this guide that describes the different alternatives:
For now let’s focus on the homemade diet.
A good formula for a homemade diet is one half cereal, rice, or kibble, and one half meat, including its natural fat, with green or yellow vegetables added from time to time. Aside from taking more time and trouble than the other dog food types, a homemade diet requires a sound knowledge of canine nutrition.
Build your dogs meals around the foods that are highly recommended for dogs:
Beef: (ground or chopped for puppies in chunks for adult dogs, raw or cooked. Dogs prefer their meat a little tough, and they need the fat found in cheaper cuts).
Lamb and mutton
Beef Hearts and Kidneys
Beef Liver (no more than once a week, as too much or too often causes loose stools.
Eggs, hard-boiled or scrambled (The yolk may be given raw, but not the white, which in its raw state destroys biotin, a useful vitamin in the dogs intestine).
Rice, whole wheat, barley, oats, buckwheat
Wheat biscuits or toast
Carrots (cooked or raw, grated and mixed with his meal, or whole for chewing)
String Beans, spinach (chopped or mashed)
Cottage Cheese (excellent for weaning puppies)
Non fermented natural cheese, such as Swiss and Edam Apples and Pears
On the other hand, certain foods should be considered taboo:
White commercial bread
Starchy Vegetables, such as dried beans
Spicy dishes and sauces
Uncooked egg white
Unboned chicken, rabbit and fish
Cake and candy
Chocolate of any kind
Table scraps are definitely insufficient for modern pets who we want to thrive, not merely survive.
They are often the direct cause of obesity and various allied skin disorders too. Dogs with unusually big appetites or with a tendency towards obesity will keep their figures if you cut down on the starch and increase the vegetables, to the proportion of one meat, one fourth kibbles, and one fourth vegetables.
Older dogs may need reduced protein to spare their kidneys the task of nitrogen elimination.
Which ever method you choose for feeding your dog, it is best to stick to it. Once he has become accustomed to a certain diet, he will be upset by any sudden change which will manifest itself with diarrhea or constipation. Any time you change your dog’s food it is necessary to make a gradual change; mix old food with a small portion of new food with the old food. Gradually increase the new food while decreasing the old food until the transition is complete.
Happy Munching Doggy Friends